gence herbicides, using rates that won’t
damage the crop; ( 3) make two-timely POST
applications; and most importantly, ( 4) run a
lay-by rig, including products such as diuron.
“This program approach is absolutely essential for herbicide resistance management on
our farms,” he says.
And he asks this question: “For those
relying too heavily on glyphosate plus the
auxin, I wonder who will be the first to de-
stroy the technology for your community
by creating additional resistance in Palmer
So, why did Culpepper wait eight days
to apply the first post application of auxin
or Liberty on the comparison test plots? No
real science there: Eight days later was the
soonest he could get back to the Moultrie,
Ga., test plot to apply the herbicides on that
comparison side of the test.
AN EXCITING NEW feature at the 2017
Sunbelt Ag Expo will be the Georgia FFA
Ag Mechanics Project contest. Hosted and
sponsored by Farm
Credit, the contest is
open to all middle
school and high
school FFA members
will give students a
chance to showcase
their work from Ag
Mechanics class projects and Supervised
Participants will have the opportuni-
ty to earn ribbons, as well as cash awards
for grand and reserve champions. Wood
and metal projects may be entered, and
specific guidelines can be found on the
Sunbelt Ag Expo website, www.sunbelt-
Registration forms were sent out to
Georgia FFA advisors in August.
Project entries will be on display
during the Sunbelt Ag Expo at the Farm
Credit Building located at B- 9. Be sure to
stop by to take a look at the students’ extraordinary work.
For more information on the contest,
contact Heather Brannen at hbrannen@
THE FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT,
which was signed into law Jan. 4, 2011, is the
most extensive reform of the U.S. food safety
laws in over 70 years. It focuses on the pre-
vention of food safety issues rather than cor-
recting them as they arise.
A main component of the FSMA is the
Produce Safety Rule, which encompasses the
first mandatory federal standard for the production of fruits and vegetables in the U.S.
The final Produce Safety Rule was published
Nov. 27, 2015, and the regulation became effective Jan. 26, 2016.
The Georgia Department of Agriculture
will be responsible for communicating the
provisions of the Produce Safety Rule to the
covered produce farms, and ensuring that
those farms are in compliance within their
respective time period. This task will include
education and outreach activities, hosting
training courses, communication between
growers and regulatory authorities, inspection activities, and any other activities necessary to comply.
The Georgia Department of Agriculture
will also strive to inform produce growers of
the positive attributes of complying with the
rule. The main positive effect of the rule is to
ensure a safer food supply for the public. Oth-
er positive attributes of compliance include
increased marketability among buyers, better
customer satisfaction, and a safer operational
Produce farms that have an average pro-
duce sales over the previous three-year peri-
od of $25,000 or less will be exempt from the
Produce Safety Rule. Farms that must comply
with the rule will have different compliance
dates, based on the farm’s produce sales.
Compliance dates range from January 2018
to January 2020. These dates do not reflect
water requirements. FDA is currently review-
ing water requirements for the rule, and is
allowing two-year extension for compliance
with the water requirements. There are po-
tential qualified exemptions for farms to com-
ply with if they meet modified requirements.
The Produce Safety Rule will be a large ad-
justment for some produce growers, the Geor-
gia Department of Agriculture notes, saying it
is committed to education before regulation.
For more information, visit a Farm Safety Team
member in the Georgia Grown Building adja-
cent to the Headquarters building.
Produce Safety Rule to bring big
changes to Georgia produce industry
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